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Paulo Coelho , Mark Bramhall , Margaret Jull Costa
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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Book Description

27 Sep 2011
Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny.

In his most personal novel to date, internationally best-selling author Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved The Alchemist, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him.

Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. Even so, he never expects to meet Hilal. A gifted young violinist, she is the woman Paulo loved five hundred years before—and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life. Together they will initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Beautiful and inspiring, Aleph invites us to consider the meaning of our own personal journeys: Are we where we want to be, doing what we want to do?

Some books are read. Aleph is lived.

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  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (27 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307943968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307943965
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 14.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,594,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. He has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated into 67 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France's Legion d'Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world.

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‘His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people.’
THE TIMES

‘One of the few to deserve the term Publishing Phenomenon.’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Coelho’s writing is beautifully poetic but his message is what counts…he gives me hope and puts a smile on my face.’
DAILY EXPRESS

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About the Author

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read and loved authors in the world. Especially renowned of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and his work has been translated in 67 languages. The recipient of numerous prestigious international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and France’s Legion d’Honneur, Paulo Coelho was inducted into the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. He writes a weekly column syndicated throughout the world. Paulo’s blog is at www.paulocoelhoblog.com

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deeply flawed.. 28 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
Unfortunately, this book left me cold.

For me it felt like a really good example of unconscious behaviour in action. Coelho might want to call this a mystical experience, but in reality it read more like the mid life crisis of a man approaching 60 who just goes the same stereotypical route of falling for a 21 year old and wants to label it a spiritual experience so that he can fit it into his marriage.

But this isn't just any man, the main character in the book is Coelho himself. He has a following and an awareness that people, particularly his fans, look up to him and hero worship him. He may not want that or ask for that but whether he likes it or not it's how it is and he has a certain responsibility to behave well, particularly towards a young rather unstable 21 year old fan.

The whole relationship with Hilal was wrong for me on so many levels. If the reincarnation part is real, which I believe it was for him, then I don't understand how he couldn't see that all he was doing was recreating the same use and betrayal of Hilal as he did 500 years before. It was all about him and his need to get to a resolution of his past behaviour and in doing so just repeated the cowardly, needy, position protecting behaviour all over again.

If you look at this book from Hilal's point of view none of her needs were met and she was treated more like a stray dog being tolerated and given scraps (of information and attention) rather than a person with thoughts and feelings and problems of her own. The ironic thing was that in the past she was in the right place 'spiritually' and even now, with all her issues, she was the more honest party yet again.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is made of magic 26 Sep 2011
By Pilar
Format:Hardcover
Like Coelho's previous books, "Aleph" reads poetically. Those who are used to reading Coelho will enjoy "Aleph" as much as "The Zahir" or "The Alchemist".
I stumbled upon Aleph last thursday, 24 hours after having discovered the baby who was growing within me had ceased to live nearly one month before, while I was looking for "a few" books to help me run away from what I was living.
Of course I knew that Aleph wasn't likely to offer me an escape in the world of fantasy, but I somehow felty it would have offered other, something I needed though feared.
This book is made of magic, of hands that know to write the tale of a heart that is on a journey to find itself.
Of a heart that knows how to lead the feet to where it once walked and where it must go.
To understand life for even just a fraction of a second, and find joy in that, and forget, and remember to be one with the truth again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left me confused 28 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
As a Buddhist I believe in reincarnation. However I do not understand the message of the book. I must have missed something. I feel like the author would like to share his encounter with a young charming girl through the train journey. I dont know if I should praise his honesty on his obvious attraction to this young woman but I find it rather inappropriate to actually justify those feelings towards despite being a married man.

Having said there I like several quotes mentioning in the books. The language is beautiful and unique to Paulo. I am a big fan of the Alchemist. I also like Eleven Minutes but with Aleph - I have about 20 pages left I couldnt bring myself to finish reading it.

I am so sorry to say that I am not loving it at all. I hope to learn a lot from the book the way I did with the other two books but I am left confused what the real message of the book really is.

Sorry.

Ped
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my first venture into Coelho's work.

The initial impression is of a style which is as difficult to adjust to as it is startling - and yet its individuality and sheer candour are refreshing and thought-provoking.

Coelho certainly made me question many presuppositions about what a faith can offer as consolation to the sceptic and the spiritually lost.

It is not so much the answers that he offers, as the narrative moves from Europe to the Far East, but rather the unfolding of what can still be less than futile in life as we pass from culture to culture and find the same need for hope.

Altogether, a demanding but ultimately satisfying read for those who search for landmarks.

Raymond Nickford

Aristo's Family
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aleph 14 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received this book a few days ago. I'm 3/4 through it and enjoying it very much! Another excellent creation by Paulo Coelho
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and self-involved 17 April 2014
Format:Paperback
This just reads as the exploitation of a vulnerable, confused 21 year old girl by an arrogant, pretentious old man who has no consideration for the feelings of others to the point of a personality disorder. The book was not in the slightest bit revealing or enlightening and I just felt that the author was spinning pretty sentences and saying nothing because by the end I was no better off than when I started. Having enjoyed The Alchemist, I will try one more of Coelho's novels before deciding whether or not I like the author.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, challenging and a wonderful read 28 Sep 2011
By Hagen
Format:Hardcover
I have read and followed Paulo Coelho ever since The Alchemist was published in English in 1993. What never seize to fascinate me is how his quest in so many ways is my own quest, and his books always leaves me many possibilities. With Aleph, Paulo has developed from disciple to master in his own life, and again proves himself as an important catalyst of self-discovery and transformation. Dealing with subjects as reincarnation and parallel realities, Aleph is fascinating and challenging reading. Following its strong narrative dimension, I particularly appreciated the theme of forgiveness related to the past, developed with a subtle and moving touch. I literally loved this new book; Coelho takes his train forward.
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